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Mom always makes roast beef, yorkshire pudding, and plum pudding at Christmas. One of our neighbors always brought us a loaf of the best pumpkin bread ever each Christmas and we would eat it while opening presents. She doesn't make it anymore, but we have the recipe.


'Tis the Season for Nostalgia in the Kitchen
11/6/13 02:34 PM

Don't paint the stone, but stain the wood shelves a driftwood grey. Maybe light grey walls too? And then add in your modern furnishings and some pops of color.


What Can I Do to Make My Giant Fireplace More Contemporary-Looking? Good Questions
10/22/13 10:31 AM

I had the same big tiger poster as #3; in fact I may still have it somewhere. And the dorm I was in had exactly the same layout.


Vintage American Dorm Decor ModCloth
8/8/13 02:45 PM

Houseworking, that's hilarious! I'm so sorry for you!
My mistake wasn't really a mistake; I knew the color I wanted it just took me ages to find it. I painted my house when I moved in, and I wanted the kitchen to be a light, fruity sort of orange. I ended up with something that looked rather yellowish. I lived with it for a couple years, and then spent a few weeks getting every orange paint swatch from every local paint company. I bought tons of samples, tried them out, and finally settled on a color, only to discover after I painted the whole thing that when you turned on the lights under the kitchen cabinets, that my lovely light orange suddenly looked like the color of most repellent cheap orange "cheese" product. So back to all the paint swatches, and I painted it a slightly lighter color; it looks lovely now.


How Do You Deal with Design Mistakes?
7/23/13 10:50 AM

A buffet kind of thing where each person makes their own tacos? You provide the veggies, meat(s), tortillas, etc., and anyone who can't have whatever just has to skip that ingredient.


What Are Your Favorite Dinner Party Dishes for Guests with Different Diets? Good Questions
7/11/13 03:45 PM

Can you designate one of the closets as "attic space": ie. only store things in it that you will need very infrequently? If you had one of the closets that you wouldn't need to get into regularly, then you could put furniture in front of the door without it being a huge hassle. My thought would be to do that with the closet next to the fireplace, and then slide the sofa down the wall towards the fireplace a bit, and have whatever chairs you have across from it. Good luck with the space!


Help for Living Room Lacking Wall Space? Good Questions
7/8/13 02:19 PM

Actually, the line is: "Not all those who wander are lost." Yes, I am very geeky. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_that_is_gold_does_not_glitter


Take A Walk: U.S. Hiking Trails
7/5/13 12:49 PM

I would buy a corner tv stand if I were you.


Best Furniture for New TV Arrangement? Good Questions
6/14/13 09:02 AM

I bring cold-brew iced tea bags with an empty water bottle, and unsalted nuts. It's not the fanciest, and if I can get a salad in the airport I will, but it keeps me from starving.


15 Best Backpack Snacks for Road Trips and Plane Rides Recipes from The Kitchn
6/6/13 03:55 PM

I totally agree with mandz2; minimalism is cold, impersonal and boring.


Apartment Therapy On Why Not To Date a Caveman
6/3/13 03:28 PM

I think you're going to have a hard time finding any bright colors that go with that duvet. I don't think that red/blue carpet is going to go with it either. Maybe some sort of light yellow color for curtains, or on that one wall were you can't hang anything? You could go with sort of a yellow/plum/grey color theme? You could paint the walls grey, but you'd still have the cream colored carpet, which I don't think is going to go well with grey walls. You might try a very light yellow for all the walls. And then yellow or plum curtains and some yellow and plum throw pillows and artwork, and see how that looks. Good luck with it.


How To Spruce Up New, Bland Bedroom? Good Questions
5/29/13 10:51 AM

I still use the fruit pie and pie crust recipes from Mom's edition of Betty Crocker (circa 1962), and they are always excellent. Mom bought a copy of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management (originally published 1860 or so) a few years ago, and we both thoroughly enjoyed reading it, although I can't imagine either of us making anything from it.


Recipes from Days Gone By: The Ones I Still Love (And Some I Don't)
5/17/13 02:32 PM

I love the couch! What a monster, though. Honestly, I think I would stick to lighter colored woods, and neutrals for the walls and carpets, and a few more strong reds here and there (art or pillows or whatever) to tie it together.


How To Decorate Around Red Sofa? Good Questions
4/5/13 03:39 PM

The only thing my parents ever mentioned as being less than optimal in the various apartments/houses I've had was the air mattress they slept on. I bought a trundle bed with excellent mattresses that converts to a king size bed; problem solved. Mom loves visiting because there's less for her to do and she can sit around and relax; Dad likes to visit because I always have stuff that I need him to fix.


What Do Your Parents Think of Your Home?
4/4/13 03:18 PM

I've been looking at paleo cookbooks lately, and some of them had ingredient descriptions and explanations in the front for the more unusual ingredients, including coconut oil (since they generally cut out dairy). I think the one "500 Paleo Recipes" by Dana Carpender, was the one I remember that had the most explanations. You might go to a bookstore or library and see if any of the paleo cookbooks they have have some explanations.


How Do I Use Coconut Oil When Baking? Good Questions
3/28/13 03:43 PM

I've been looking at paleo cookbooks lately, and some of them had ingredient descriptions and explanations in the front for the more unusual ingredients, including coconut oil (since they generally cut out dairy). I think the one "500 Paleo Recipes" by Dana Carpender, was the one I remember that had the most explanations. You might go to a bookstore or library and see if any of the paleo cookbooks they have have some explanations.


How Do I Use Coconut Oil When Baking? Good Questions
3/28/13 03:43 PM

You should try a pot with a water reservoir; I think they call them self-watering pots or something. I got mine at Home Depot; mine are for African Violets. I water them like once every three weeks, and give them a few drops of AV food in the water and that's really it (set it near a window, though). And there's no worrying if the plant is too dry or too wet; you just fill the reservoir up and you're done with the plant for a few weeks.


Confessions of a Plant Murderer
1/9/13 03:04 PM

I second the vote for a fireplace screen, and get a dark extension cord.


What Should We Do with Ugly Fireplace Plus Outlet Combo? Good Questions
8/9/12 10:35 AM

My parents never forced us to eat anything, and my mom is an excellent cook, so I grew up eating pretty much anything. But I have never liked bananas, and even though I've tried them as a grownup, I still think they're disgusting.


What Was Your Worst Childhood Food Experience?
8/1/12 05:03 PM

I would put the back of the sofa to the fireplace, but kind of more to the side, away from the windows, and put the chairs where the sofa is now, but angled around. I feel like the sofa where it is now blocks you from the windows and makes the whole room feel choked. And move out those random chairs and tables; then maybe see how many you really need. If you need extra seating from time to time keep them elsewhere and bring them in when you need them. I agree with everyone who said you have too much stuff in the room. Good luck with it; it's a beautiful room, but probably not designed for the large furniture people have these days.


Living Room Layout Challenge:
What Would You Do?

8/1/12 03:53 PM